Journalists

Journalists are the ones who seek and collect information from various sources and distribute it as news to a wider audience through means such as newspapers, radio, television or internet. The term journalist covers a wide category of professionals involved in the collection and presentation of information especially through publishing and broadcasting means. Journalism is a very demanding profession, especially in today’s fast-paced life. Journalists are known to work long and grueling hours, visit inhospitable places, and interact with unreceptive people in their quest to gather valuable information in the quickest possible manner. Journalists may work as reporters who research for information and write reports for the publications they work for. And there are photojournalists who convey their messages through photographs accompanied by a story or caption. There are some journalists who cover all types of stories, ranging from current affairs to global politics, while some others choose to specialize in a given category like sports or crime. This field also includes feature writers who write longer pieces to provide background to a popular news story and specialist writers who provide columns and commentary on topics such as food, traveling, relationships, entertainment, etc. Journalism is a dynamic field, ever evolving to include newer genres like alternative journalism, convergence journalism and new journalism. Read on to learn about the life and works of famous journalists from all over the world.

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 1 Megyn Kelly

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Megyn Kelly is a well-known American journalist and political commentator. She had a successful career at Fox News and NBC News, where she did reporting and anchored many shows. She quit television and launched her media production company in 2020. She hosts the The Megyn Kelly Show podcast. She has also written an autobiography titled Settle for More.

 2 Gloria Steinem

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.

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 3 Lester Holt

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Lester Holt is an American journalist who is the face of 'NBC News' since 2000. He hosts and co-hosts some of NBC's important programs, such as Dateline NBC and NBC Nightly News. In 1990, he was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for his work. In 2015, he was made an inductee of the California Hall of Fame.

 4 Ronan Farrow

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Famous As: Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American journalist Ronan Farrow played a major role in reporting the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. His work, which was published in The New Yorker, earned the magazine the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also responsible for exposing allegations against personalities like jurist Brett Kavanaugh, media executive Les Moonves, and politician Eric Schneiderman.

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 5 Kaitlan Collins

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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Blogger
Birthdate: April 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Kaitlan Collins is one of the most popular and influential American journalists of the current generation. As a White House correspondent for CNN, Collins traveled to at least six different countries with Donald Trump. She made headlines when she questioned Trump about Vladimir Putin, for which she was forbidden from attending a Trump administration press conference in 2018.

 6 Tamron Hall

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Broadcast journalist and television talk show host Tamron Hall is best known for her eponymous award-winning syndicated daytime talk show. She has previously worked for NBC News and MSNBC. An alumnus of Temple University, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is actively involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns.

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 7 Stephen A. Smith

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: October 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Stephen A. Smith is an American sports journalist, sports radio host, and sports television personality. Known for his use of popular catchphrases, such as stay off the weed and blasphemous, Smith has been playing a major role in the success of ESPN's First Take. He also appears on SportsCenter and hosts his own radio show, The Stephen A. Smith Show.

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 8 Harris Faulkner

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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: October 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Newscaster and TV host, Harris Faulkner, is currently associated with  Fox News Channel.  She hosts her own prime time political franchise called Town Hall America with Harris Faulkner and also a daily daytime show The Faulkner Focus. A much-respected figure in the TV industry, she is the recipient of six Emmy Awards and the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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 9 Gayle King

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Gayle King is an American author and TV personality. Since 2012, King has been co-hosting CBS News' popular program, CBS This Morning. She has also been serving as CBS News' broadcast journalist. Also an editor-at-large for the famous O, The Oprah Magazine, King was included in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in 2019.

 10 Mary Ann Shadd

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: June 5, 1893
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 11 Deborah Roberts

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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: September 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 12 Anderson Cooper

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

As one of the leading television journalists for the past 10 years, Anderson Cooper has played a prominent role in influencing several important events in the United States of America. An openly gay man, Anderson Cooper has also served as an inspiration to the entire LGBTQ community.

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 13 Tucker Carlson

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Television presenter and political commentator, Tucker Carlson, is both a popular and controversial figure. His support for Donald Trump has made him popular among Republicans while his racist, misogynistic, and anti-immigration stance has earned him the ire of progressive citizens. He is the author of two books, one of which is a New York Times #1 bestseller.

 14 Meghan McCain

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Famous As: Columnist & TV Host
Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

The daughter of popular American politician John McCain, Meghan McCain has established herself as a noted columnist and TV personality, working for TV channels like Fox News, ABC News, and MSNBC. As an author, she has had a major impact upon the release of books, such as Dirty Sexy Politics and My Dad, John McCain. She also supports gay rights.

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 15 Piers Morgan

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

English broadcaster, journalist, writer, and TV personality Piers Morgan is currently the co-presenter of the ITV show Good Morning Britain. He is both popular and notorious for his outspoken views and controversial comments on the show. A winner of the US celebrity version of The Apprentice, he has also appeared in many other reality TV shows and a few films.

 16 Max Robinson

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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 20, 1988

 17 Milo Yiannopoulos

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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Greek, British

Milo Yiannopoulos is a British far-right public speaker, political commentator, writer, and polemicist. He often ridicules feminism, political correctness, social justice, and Islam through his writings and speeches. His comments have attracted criticisms, and he is permanently banned from Twitter and Facebook. Although he is openly gay, he advocates against homosexuality and takes part in straight pride parades.

 18 Chris Cuomo

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Famous As: Television journalist
Birthdate: August 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Peabody-winner Chris Cuomo, best known for hosting the CNN morning show, has also been associated with Fox and the show 20/20. His work on the ABC show Good Morning America won him an Emmy. He has covered sensitive issues such as heroin addiction and the war on terror, with finesse. 

 19 Don Lemon

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 20 Geraldo Rivera

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Journalist and TV personality Geraldo Rivera is best known for hosting the talk show Geraldo. He has also been part of the TV special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults and the shows Geraldo at Large, Geraldo Rivera Reports, and The Five. He has authored several books, such as Willowbrook.

 21 Jemele Hill

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 22 Carole Simpson

Carole Simpson
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: December 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 23 Ann Petry

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 28, 1997

 24 Eunice W. Johnson

Eunice W. Johnson
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: April 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 3, 2010

 25 Pauline Hopkins

Pauline Hopkins
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1859 AD
Nationality: American
Died: August 13, 1930

 26 Julian Assange

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Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian, Ecuadorian

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

 27 John F. Kennedy Jr.

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Famous As: Son of John F. Kennedy
Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 16, 1999

John F Kennedy Jr was the son of former US President John F Kennedy. He tragically died at a young age of 38 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1999. He was a lawyer and a journalist and had founded the trendy political magazine, George, which stopped publication in 2001.   

 28 George Orwell

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: January 21, 1950

The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.

 29 Lisa Brennan-Jobs

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Famous As: Daughter of Steve Jobs
Birthdate: May 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and painter Chrisann Brennan, is a journalist who has written for Vogue and The Southwest Review. Jobs initially denied having fathered her, but a DNA test and a legal case proved the paternity. The Apple Lisa computer was named after her.

 30 Maria Shriver

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Famous American journalist, Maria Shriver, is recognised for her long association with NBC. Her documentary series The Alzheimer’s Project earned rave reviews and she later founded the nonprofit organization, 'The Women's Alzheimer's Movement'. As the former First Lady of California– she was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was the governor of California– she involved herself in numerous charity works.

 31 Ann Coulter

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Birthdate: December 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Ann Coulter is a political commentator and has written countless bestselling books, including High Crimes and Misdemeanors, which enumerated the reasons why Bill Clinton should have been impeached. She assisted Paula Jones’s attorneys for free. Her columns are featured on various conservative websites. She opposes same-sex marriage and hate-crime laws.

 32 Hunter S. Thompson

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Famous As: Journalist and Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson was an American author and journalist. He is credited with creating his own subgenre of New Journalism called the gonzo journalism. The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was later adapted into a film, Thompson was famous for his lifelong use of drugs and alcohol. His books have had a major impact on counterculture.

 33 Jeremy Clarkson

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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: April 11, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Jeremy Clarkson has come a long way from being a local journalist to becoming a recognized public personality, thanks to his appearance as a presenter in the popular TV show Top Gear. He is credited with making Top Gear one of the most successful shows in the UK. His tongue-in-cheek presenting style and writing often provoke a public reaction.

 34 Kathie Lee Gifford

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Famous As: TV Host, Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French, American

Kathie Lee Gifford achieved celebrity status by working as a television presenter. She then became a singer-songwriter and author, cementing her place in the entertainment industry. Also known for her charity work, Kathie serves as an ambassador for Childhelp, a non-profit organization working towards preventing child abuse.

 35 Preity Zinta

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Famous As: Actor, Model, Journalist
Birthdate: January 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 36 Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British, American
Died: December 15, 2011

Christopher Hitchens was an advocate for New Atheism and a harsh critic of religion and of famous personalities such as Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa. He authored and edited many books on socio-political issues. As a journalist, he wrote for well-known publications such as New Statesman and The Weekly Standard.

 37 MacKenzie Bezos

MacKenzie Bezos
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Famous As: Novelist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 38 Nigella Lawson

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Famous As: Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Daughter of Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks and hosted many culinary shows. Winner of the British Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers Award, Nigella has previously worked as an editor and freelance journalist and also owns a cookware range.

 39 Anna Wintour

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

Anna Wintour is a British-American journalist. She has been working as Vogue's Editor-in-Chief since 1988. Known for having an eye for emerging fashion trends, Wintour is credited with reviving Vogue as it was viewed as a stagnating publication when she assumed control in 1988. Nicknamed Nuclear Wintour due to her demanding personality, Wintour inspired the story The Devil Wears Prada.

 40 Hoda Kotb

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Famous As: Journalist, Author, TV Anchor
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Egyptian, American
Egyptian-American TV journalist Hoda Kotb is best known as the co-host of the shows NBC Morning Show, Dateline NBC, Today. Named to Time 100, she has also authored several books, including a bestselling autobiography. A breast cancer survivor, she now also works to raise awareness about the disease.

 41 Virginia Vallejo

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Colombian

Virginia Vallejo is a Colombian journalist and author. After Vallejo claimed that many Colombian politicians and presidents were benefiting from the leading cocaine cartels, she was granted asylum in the USA in order to help the DEA and the Justice Department in cases pertaining to the Colombian drug cartels. Her book, Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar, was made into a film.

 42 Arnab Goswami

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Famous As: journalist
Birthdate: March 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 43 Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly
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Famous As: Talk Show Host & Radio Personality
Birthdate: September 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Bill O'Reilly is an American author, journalist, and former TV host. The host of Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly played a major role in the success of Fox News Channel during his time at the channel. He is also credited with founding the No Spin News podcast, which he has been hosting since 2017.

 44 Gretchen Carlson

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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: June 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 45 Lucy Hawking

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Famous As: Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: November 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Lucy Hawking, daughter of legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, has been a journalist with New York Magazine, The Times, and The Telegraph. She has also authored several children's books, such as George's Secret Key to the Universe. She is the VP of National Star College and also works for autism research.

 46 Jenna Bush Hager

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former American president George W. Bush, has been a teacher and a journalist. She has written several books, has worked with UNICEF, and has also co-hosted NBC shows such as The Today Show. She has also served as an editor for Southern Living magazine.

 47 Wagner Moura

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian

 48 Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
Died: October 2, 2018

 49 Edgar Ramirez

Edgar Ramirez
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Venezuelan

 50 Katie Hopkins

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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: February 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Reality star Katie Hopkins is known for her far-right and controversial opinions, which have led her into quite a few legal hassles. She soared to fame with her appearance on The Apprentice (UK). She later hosted Katie Hopkins Ruled the World and finished as the runner-up on Celebrity Big Brother.
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